Enduring

Samuel Chand writes, “Do you want to be a better leader? Raise the threshold of your pain. Do you want your church to grow? Do you want your business to reach higher goals? Reluctance to face pain is your greatest limitation. There is no growth without change, no change without loss, and no loss without pain. You’ll grow only to the threshold of your pain.” Chand, Samuel (2015-04-07). Leadership Pain:…

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A Wide Door…

I’ve been on the job for forty-five days, serving with a wonderfully talented staff, who are making an incredible impact on the community through many and varied acts of kindness. We recently donated more than 2,000 backpacks to needy families, and before that we hosted a dinner and dance for 140 Special Olympic athletes from the Philippines, Malawi, Faroe Islands and El Salvador who were participating in the International Special…

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Responding to Life’s Challenges

Tweet I have two dear friends who are suffering from Glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. Both of these men model a life of faith, trusting God, and seeking to honor Him with the assignment they have received. In the article below by TJ Addington, he specifically refers to our joint friend Phil Arendt. Buckle up your theological suspenders and consider what TJ has to say to the challenges you face…

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21 Surprising Statistics Revealing Our Consumerism

As Robin and I pack up our stuff and get ready to move (we close escrow in 16 days), we are committed to purging and scaling down and decluttering so that we aren’t simply moving stuff to another location. This is our big opportunity to go through everything and simplify and become essentialists and it is more difficult than it sounds. Hoarding is pandemic in our society and we are…

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Are You Streaming Today?

When “streaming” a movie over the Internet, the better the connection, the better the movie watching experience. Most today realize that Broadband (high speed) Internet connections provide users with much more enjoyable Internet movie experiences than the previous slower DSL, over the telephone line connections (Wikipedia[1]). Streaming a movie means that the viewer can start watching the movie instantly and as the viewer is watching the movie, the rest of…

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An Opportunity for Essentialist Living

Our house sold in four days and we are now sorting through all of our possessions, to declutter,  purge and minimize in preparation for our soon coming relocation. I’m currently and furiously scanning all my hard copy files, taking multiple trips to Goodwill and the dump and making many snap judgments on stuff, but boy is it easy to stop and reminisce. Now that Robin and I are empty nesters,…

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The Drift

“Pastors fail, not because they cannot preach, they fail because they cannot lead.” Pastor William E. Yaeger Not every church expects the pastor to lead. Some see the pastor as hired help, an employee brought in to do a job at the direction and vision of the Board. Other churches expect pastors to “marry ‘em, bury ‘em, and visit ‘em in the hospital.” Some expect the pastor to be the…

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The Secret to learning better and more!

 Do you want to learn more and retain it better? Then teach someone what you have learned. Ask any teacher and they will tell you that the student hears less than 1/3 of the content that the teacher studied in preparation. The teacher is a student first. Imagine how the effectiveness of our Christian education would increase if everyone took the responsibility to teach someone else what they were learning….

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Surviving Ministry

How can we have a long and fruitful ministry, not just one where we survive? There are 20,000 pastors that resign from their churches every year for lots of reasons. That is somewhere between 1500 and 1800 pastors who are stepping down from their ministry assignment. 80% of seminary graduates are not in ministry five years after graduation. The call to ministry is certainly a “Dangerous Calling,” as David Paul…

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Retirement is for the Birds

The Law of Entropy says that everthing, left to itself, will naturally move in the direction of randomness and decline.  Businesses decline, marriages decline, bodies decline, churches decline.  85% of churches have plateaued or are in decline. Every marriage starts with hope and excitement, thinking that the honeymoon will last forever.  No one ever plans for the marriage to decline and even fall into the slippery slope that leads to…

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Lifelong Learners…

If you’ve ever been to Israel, you know there’s a real contrast between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. The Sea of Galilee is full of water and full of life. There are trees and vegetation. They still do commercial fishing there. But the Dead Sea is just that – dead. There are no fish in it and no life around it. The Sea of Galilee is at…

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Resolving Conflict

Conflict is a reality on this planet. Conflict is going to happen in our marriages, in our churches and in our business relationships. The real issue for Christ followers, is “how we handle conflict when it arises.” There are some personalities that “do not play nice,” whether it is in a marriage, a church or in the workplace. As Christ followers, we don’t want to be those people who “don’t…

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Measuring Discipleship? By Ron Edmondson

I’ve often heard people say you can’t measure discipleship. I don’t know if that’s true. It is true that you can’t necessarily put a number or percentage on discipleship growth, but you can tell — over time — if it has happened or is happening. Here are 10 indications a church is making disciples: Those who have been in the church the longest complain the least. – Do everything without…

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At the End of My Life – David Whiting

I read this over a year ago, and it has challenged me greatly every time I re-read it. I couldn’t find the original post, but I know it was written by Jon Acuff. Lately, I’ve been thinking about a few simple things. Lately as the volume of things turned up, there’s a bit of a whisper that won’t leave me alone. Here’s what’s bouncing around my head: If at the…

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Just Do It

Ryan Leak Filmmaker, Entrepreneur and Motivational Speaker April 30, 2014 How can I empower and enable and equip my guys to shoot the moon. What do they need? What will launch them? What do you want to do? If there is one thing you could do, with no fear, knowing that you could not fail. Ryan wanted to play with Koby Bryant, not just meet him. In chasing failure, you…

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Insanely Simple?

There is no indication that Steve Jobs knew Jesus. His passion was to take complex computers and make them accessible, so simply, that anyone and everyone could benefit. The book “Insanely Simple” has been a fascinating read to me, to see that he was not a people pleaser, but was a man on a mission. He didn’t just do surveys to see what people wanted, he was way out in…

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